Nine of St. Joseph’s eighth-grade girls recently took part in GEMS, hosted by Southeast Tech in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Girls, Engineering, Mathematics and Science - GEMS - is a one-day workshop that offers girls the opportunity to explore careers in science-related fields.

Native American girls pose for a picture with a graphic designer.
The girls attended a presentation by a graphic designer,
who uses computer science to do her job.
“It was a great day,” said Kathleen, St. Joseph’s Principal and chaperone for the trip. “The day started with presentations by a graphic designer and optometrist. Then the girls played Jeopardy in Agricultural Science, made pasta in Food Science and finally did some GIS mapping. In the exhibit hall, the students visited booths where they could pilot an airplane, examine the gestation stages of a human fetus and learn about blood typing and how the sun can damage skin. The variety of careers represented was outstanding!”

The forum was sponsored by the Women in Science organization, which is dedicated to achieving equity and full participation for women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.

Lakota student flying a virtual airplane.
Janis tries her hand at flying a virtual airplane.
Lakota girls making pasta.
The girls learned to make pasta in a
Food Science workshop.
Wopila tanka - many thanks - for helping provide our Native American youth with opportunities to achieve a bright future!


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